The Vision Care Technology certificate program introduces students to the field of opticianry. Students receive training in the laboratory techniques of measuring and grinding eyeglasses to prescription and in fitting and final adaptation of eyewear. The curriculum also prepares students for the business administration functions of the profession and to pass the state licensing examination for Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Dispenser. To be successful in the field, you must combine scientific and clinical skills with the ability to work well with patients. Job opportunities include owning or working in a retail optical dispensary or sales and marketing of ophthalmic materials. Employment prospects are increasing in the profession caused by growth in the elderly population and the trend toward high fashion eyewear. All course work required by the Certificate of Achievement can be applied towards earning an A.A.S. degree in Vision Care Technology. The program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), P.O. Box 592, Canton, NY, 13617 (Phone: 703-468-0566).